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MEAFORD EXPRESS (1910) - By the death of Mr. Chas. Watt, which sad event took place at the family residence, Denmark Ave., on Wednesday evening, Meaford loses one of its oldest and most active citizens. Deceased had not enjoyed the best of health for the past few months and despite the best medical attendance and careful nursing he gradually sank and passed away at the ripe old age of 74 years.
   Mr. Watt was born in the County of Tyrone, Ireland, and came to Canada and settled in Morrisburg when sixteen years of age where he was apprentice to the fanning mill business. In the spring of 1858 he came to Meaford and started in business for himself which he continues until 1886, when he took up the agencies for several companies for agricultural implements, among which were the Frost and Wood and the Peter Hamilton Plow Co., which he followed until his death.
   In the early history of Meaford Mr. Watt took a great interest in Municipal work and served on the first Council after the town was incorporated in 1874. He was then elected in that capacity for nine years, when he was selected as Reeve for one year and later occupied the Mayor's chair in 1884-85. During that time he took a deep interest in educational matters and served the town faithfully on the Public and High School Boards. He had the distinction of being one of the first trustees of the High School which office he held continuously until his demise.
   Deceased was twice married, his first wife predeceased him in 1866. By the first union he is survived by a family of three; Mrs. D.R. Bole, Toronto; Mr. Chas Watt, Elora, and Mr. S.D. Watt Meaford. In 1866 he was married to Miss Margaret Kennedy, who survives with a family of six; Mrs. R.C. Moore, Toronto; Mrs. W.J. Honeyford, Collingwood; William, of Cleveland; George, of Pittsburg; Redge, of Walkerville; and Frank, at home.
   Deceased was a member of the Presbyterian Church, was a regular attendant and always contributed freely to its support. In politics he was a Conservative.
   In the death of Mr. Watt the town loses a good citizen and one who enjoyed a large acquaintance and the respect of everybody. His square dealing with the public, his courteous and obliging manner and his attention to his home and family, were sterling qualities found in Charles Watt, whose memory will long be cherished by those with whom he came in contact.
   The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon to Meaford Cemetery. A short service was conducted at the house by Rev. S.H. Eastman and was listened to by a host of sympathizing friends.
   Those in attendance from a distance were: Mr. Chas Hurd, of Iowa City: Manager Lawson and D. Boulton, of the Frost and Wood Co., Chatham; and Mr. J.B. Barr, Manager of the Barrie Carriage Co. An only surviving brother, Mr. Jas. Watt, of St. Thomas, N.D. arrived too late for the funeral and is spending a few weeks with the family.

Source: Meaford Express

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